Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Yet another addiction (& recipe!)
Utterly inspired by Forks over Knives (You can see the whole movie here for free) I foresee another change in our diet and another food post coming soon. (A couple from the past here and here.) In the meantime I thought I would share an addiction of ours - gomasio. It's a Japanese seasoning that we put on everything. It's incredibly healthy for you and super easy to make.
Macrobiotics teaches that gomasio, when used daily, is a natural remedy that strengthens our organism and prevents diseases. It is believed to improve the quality of the blood (making it less acidic), strengthen the nervous and immune systems, improve digestion, alleviate irregular menstruation, aid in the production of breast milk and relieve eye problems. Not to mention that sesame seeds are high in lecithin, a lipid that is a constituent of every cell in the body; the sheath around the brain, for example, contains lecithin. Sesame seeds also contain vitamins E, B, and F (fatty acids), plus calcium, iron, magnesium and trace minerals such as silicon, copper, chrome and 15 amino acids.
No wonder this super seasoning is served in our Waldorf school!
Steamed kale and tofu with gomasio over quinoa.(I believe this was K's plate by the way - hence the over abundance of gomasio. A food photographer, I am not!
1 cup sesame seeds
2 tsp sea salt
Rinse seeds well in a strainer. Let them dry and then place in a skillet on medium heat (do not add oil!). Shake the pan or stir while toasting for about 1 - 2 minutes. A slight popping sound will occur, and the aroma will be enticing. These toast quickly so be careful not to burn them!
Toast the sea salt in the same way you did the sesame seeds, in a dry skillet for a couple of minutes. And now for my little ones' favorite part: Grind the sesame seeds and sea salt together with your mortar and pestle. Store in a tightly closed jar in the pantry. Best if used within a week or so. They never last that long in our house, though!
Sprinkle it on steamed veggies, grains, salads, soups...the options are limitless! A favorite way for K, Baby L and I to use it is in a breakfast meal we created. We cook up some quinoa, add some fresh fruit, and a tiny bit of maple syrup to it then top it off with gomasio. It's a filling, sweet and savory start to our morning.
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